24 December 2020
Pretoria – The long queues currently obtaining at Beitbridge, the busiest border in Africa are not yet over, according to the Minister of Home Affairs Dr Aaron Motsoaledi.
The state of affairs at the border is not pleasing at all as two people had been reported dead by midday on Wednesday. One died due to fatigue while the other under unclear circumstances.
Traffic volumes are increasing everyday and stretching to about 14 kilometers from the border. In a virtual interview this morning with NewsRoom Africa, Home Affairs Minister Dr Motsoaledi admitted that there is a humanitarian crisis at the border.
“Yes there is a crisis and we are trying to resolve the problem, our Director General of health is always there to monitor the situation and is working around the clock, yes its tricky but we are trying our best”, said Motsoaledi.
Speaking to SABC News on Wednesday night, Dr Motsoaledi blamed truck drivers for causing unnecessary traffic at the border. One of the reasons is that drivers go to the border and wait for administrative paperwork to be done while they are in the holding areas, truck stop before they join the queue once all has been done.
However, the truckers have abandoned that set up and are now doing the administrative work while in the queue thereby causing a lot of traffic as all other road users cannot proceed occupy the lanes.
Meanwhile, travelers who have been queuing for more than three days are appealing to both Governments of South Africa and Zimbabwe to quickly intervene to mitigate the crisis at the border.